February 19, 2015 at 11:59 pm #307291AnonymousParticipant
I am a new comer to RBF and I would be very grateful for any suggestions, my story is as follows;
Around 2006 I was told I had RA, at the time I only had inflammation in the right knee. At times, it was severe and joint aspiration was required followed by cortisone injection. This alleviated the pain for a few months, but then the inflammation would come back. I was also taking other anti-inflammatory like Naprosyn, Mobic, Asprin and Celebrex. MTX was strongly suggested but I stubbornly objected, although at the time I had no idea about its adverse effects.
Around 2007, my rheumatologist suggested he admit me into hospital for 3 days, aspirate the knee, inject a large amount of cortisone, place a split around the knee and rest for the 3 days.
This treatment seemed to give me the cure I was looking for, because until around 2012 I was pain free with no visible signs of inflammation.
Around 2012, I experienced the inflammation in now 2 joints, the left wrist and right knee. I went back to see my rheumatologist, however I was assigned a different one. Again, I was prescribed the usual anti-inflammatories, then at least 2 knee aspirations with the usual dosage of cortisone. This, however, did not give lasting relief. It was said that I will need to go on MTX, again I objected, but continued with the anti-inflammatories.
Early in 2013 I tracked down my first rheumatologist who agreed to do as he did in 2007. I was admitted into hospital for 3 days, aspirate the knee, inject a large amount of cortisone, place a split around the knee and rest for the 3 days. Unfortunately, this time I only got moderate relief and for only a few months.
At that time I began researching alternative treatments and thankfully I came across Dr BrownFebruary 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm #366972flowerParticipant
unfortunately I have arthritis in the right knee and I can understand how the suffering 🙄
how is it now your right knee?
perhaps a doctor who is familiar with the antibiotic protocol could give you the best dosage :geek:March 4, 2015 at 11:18 pm #366973AnonymousParticipant
My right knee at the moment is not too bad, it has moments however, when it flares. There has been significant improvemnt since i started AB.
The problem i find is that whilst my rheumatologist has prescibed minocycline, he is not experienced in AB protocol.
I have read on various posts that some patients take 100mg twice a day on Monday Wednesday Friday, so i have been trying this for the last week or so.
Do you take AB and how is working for you.
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